The New City Story July 27


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Brief slide presentation on the mission of New City Christian School in Asheville, NC.

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The New City Story July 27

  1. 2. In 2005, concerned citizens in Asheville began to dream of a new school specifically designed for students from Asheville’s under-resourced communities
  2. 3. In the fall of 2005 an after school tutoring program was started in space that is owned by Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church on Walton Street
  3. 4. The Achievement Gap: In Asheville less than half of African-American students of any income level passed both the reading and math state approved ABC end-of-grade test (Asheville Middle School 06-07) <ul><li>White students: 91% Pass Rate </li></ul><ul><li>Black students: 48% Pass Rate </li></ul><ul><li>(NC’s test is considered to be one of the easiest state administered tests in the nation.) </li></ul>
  4. 5. Only 25-36% of black males in Asheville graduate in 4 years. There has been a dramatic rise in gangs, drug activity and violent crime in Asheville.
  5. 6. Many Solutions Have Been Tried Within the Public Schools <ul><li>Numerous after-school homework and enrichment programs have been operating for years </li></ul><ul><li>The Education Coalition, recently disbanded, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars without showing any improvement in test scores </li></ul><ul><li>KIPP Academy produced results but was closed after only 4 years </li></ul>
  6. 7. In 2006 New City Christian School opened with three simple goals <ul><li>To lay the academic foundations necessary for later school success </li></ul><ul><li>To create a supportive atmosphere for students and families </li></ul><ul><li>To impart skills for life success </li></ul>
  7. 8. Our Mission <ul><li>New City Christian School provides elementary students from varied racial, social, and economic backgrounds with strong foundations for academic, social, and spiritual growth so that these children will be equipped with the knowledge, confidence, and hope to better themselves and our community. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Success at New City School in 2007-08, Our Second Year <ul><li>All the kindergarteners were reading by the end of the year </li></ul><ul><li>All students achieved overall test scores in the upper one third, nationally </li></ul><ul><li>Four out of ten students scored in the upper 10 th percentile nationally </li></ul><ul><li>(80% of these students qualified for the free or reduced lunch program) </li></ul>
  9. 10. Our Students <ul><li>Knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>Confident </li></ul><ul><li>Hopeful </li></ul><ul><li>Click here to view a video about New City: </li></ul><ul><li> =6dUCWAIq0dQ </li></ul>
  10. 11. We Are Growing and Need Your Help
  11. 12. What does New City School Need to Eliminate the Achievement Gap? <ul><li>Scholarship Fund: It costs $7000 per child per year (Asheville City Schools are over $11,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Capital Donations : One time gifts help expand services, opportunities and facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Seed Money : We need funds to train our principal and prepare a classroom to add a preschool in the future </li></ul>